Inspired by the large number of block clubs in Edgewater and Andersonville, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) has actively encouraged the creation of block clubs throughout the 47th Ward. This evening at 7:00 p.m. in Sultzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., will be the last in a series of block club organizing forums led by volunteer Dan Kleinman who published an organizing manual online at TheNeighborhoodFirst.org. The block clubs are meant to be a keystone in reorganizing how decisions are made in the the 47th Ward.
According to his Chief of Staff, Charna Epstein, Pawar hopes to organize eighteen “neighborhood areas” with volunteer groups. Pawar and Kleinman are providing organizers with organizing manuals complete with flyers, sign up sheets, contact numbers, and other organizing tools, says Epstein.
“Block clubs will drive the effort in creating a 47th Ward council,” says Epstein. “The ward council will be made up of representatives from block club zones. This council will work with Alderman Pawar’s office and help inform decisions regarding menu money spending, city service delivery and public policy. In addition, block clubs will work with Alderman Pawar’s office to conduct block audits on infrastructure.
“These audits will help us validate City 311 and departmental data prior to making decisions on infrastructure spending. We are also in the final stages of forming the 47th ward Zoning Advisory Committee – this committee will be made up of community members and they will meet regularly to inform my decisions on zoning changes.”
If you miss the meeting and are interested in organizing a block club, Kleinman can still provide you with materials. He can be reached at (708) 305-5449.